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Title: The effects of common medications on volumetric phallometry
Contributor(s): Lykins, Amy  (author)orcid ; Robinson, Jennifer J (author); LeBlanc, Serge (author); Cantor, James M (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/13552600.2014.900121Open Access Link
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Abstract: Phallometry is a physiological measure of sexual response widely used for the assessment of paedophilia among sexual offenders. Although many medications decrease penile response sufficiently to interfere with sexual intercourse, it is unknown to what extent such medications might interfere with phallometric testing. In the current study, we utilized a naturalistic convenience sample of 1078 men who attended a clinic for assessment of sexual preferences, mostly related to sexual offence convictions. In the present analyses, we quantified the differences in penile response during phallometric assessment associated with taking a range of common medications. Participants on medication typically showed less penile output than participants not taking medications; however, differences were largely accounted for by age rather than by medication status. Though most medications were associated with decreases in penile responsivity during volumetric phallometric testing, such changes were small in absolute terms and appeared to be associated with ageing rather than with the medications themselves.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Sexual Aggression, 21(3), p. 385-393
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kongdom
ISSN: 1742-6545
Field of Research (FOR): 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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